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Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg

is a monthly columnist for On Being. She is a meditation teacher and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including Love Your Enemies, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, and Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Her most recent work is Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.

What To Do When You’re Paralyzed by Overwhelm

It can be difficult to discern between sloth and the need for rest. Removing the judgment that can come with experiencing sloth can help us move toward a life that brings us energy.

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What To Do When You’re Paralyzed by Overwhelm

Do Not Judge Yourself for Being Anxious

Mindfulness and deep breathing may not cure anxiety, but they can be easy and quick practices to ground yourself — especially in situations and environments outside of your control.

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Do Not Judge Yourself for Being Anxious

What to Do When Anxiety Overwhelms You

Anxiety can feel like “high energy confined to a restricted space.” Changing your environment — whether through lovingkindness meditation, chanting, or otherwise — can help you create space for it to dissipate.

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What to Do When Anxiety Overwhelms You

Why Anxiety Is So Persuasive — and Pervasive

Some fears are realistic; others are imaginary and insurmountable creations, fabrications of “free-floating hyperactivity of the mind.”

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Why Anxiety Is So Persuasive — and Pervasive

What Is Really Lost When You Compare Yourself To Others

Quieting your tendency to compare yourself to others can allow you to more fully enjoy the present moment — and fully claim your life.

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What Is Really Lost When You Compare Yourself To Others

How to Train Your Mind to Recognize the Love All Around You

Sharon Salzberg on the many faces of love — with practical tools to find love in everyday moments.

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How to Train Your Mind to Recognize the Love All Around You

Self-Love Is an Adventure, Not a Destination

It takes courage to challenge our cultural story around love. Sharon Salzberg on the unfolding, sometimes tough, process of learning to love yourself.

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Self-Love Is an Adventure, Not a Destination

How to Hold Hope Lightly

The hard work of hope involves the discipline to embrace the unknown and the uncontrollable — one day at a time.

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Talking to Our Enemies

Sharon Salzberg on how to relate to the people whose views we find repugnant and frightening and with whom we can’t imagine standing on common ground.

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Talking to Our Enemies

How to Talk with Your Relatives Over the Holidays

Sharon Salzberg’s advice for difficult conversations with family at Thanksgiving? Practice listening from a place of generosity and love — whether you agree or not.

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